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torch machining, new design

I’m hoping this is the best sub-category for machining. I’m working on a new design, thought I’d share a bit here. Will be an XPL-hi triple, fed by an 16340 running a Mtn Elec FET driver and my fav Bistro firmware.

The drawing alone takes a few hours, and then after some time at the lathe, about an hour of revisions.
The external dimensions are not finalized, I usually sort of design on the fly as I finalize the torch body on the lathe.

Then on to making chips

It’s taken me about three weeks to get to this point. Not a lot of free time to go to the shop where the tooling is located.
I’ll update this post as it goes along.
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Subscribed Wink
One question only: why the use of 16340 and not 18350 battery? Wink

Keep up the nice work!

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simply because using the 16mm cell allows for thicker walls at the battery tube, so I can do more details like knurling/ grooving whatnot. I want to keep this torch at less than 1” (25.4mm) OD

I’ve got plenty of barn-burners based on 18350

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DrafterDan wrote:
simply because using the 16mm cell allows for thicker walls at the battery tube, so I can do more details like knurling/ grooving whatnot. I want to keep this torch at less than 1” (25.4mm) OD

I’ve got plenty of barn-burners based on 18350

Oh, nice Wink I just asked because of runtimes and eventually “power” to the light that the Aspire 1100mAh could bring, but your focus is more on the machining and size !
Good work on this and I’ll look forward to the evolution! Thumbs Up

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Looks good DD. Looking forward to the next instalment. Beer

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Cool, I’ll be watching this build Cool

Just curious, how are you planning to retain the driver? No retaining ring was drawn.

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pinkpanda3310 wrote:
Cool, I’ll be watching this build Cool

Just curious, how are you planning to retain the driver? No retaining ring was drawn.

Spit-gluing.

I always think long and hard before I say something really stupid.

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The driver will be staked into place, and ground path ensured with some solder joints.

A bit more time at the lathe today. This is just the tester body, to make sure my dimensions work as I expect them to.

Next step is to make the pill and hold-down for the switch.

***edit*
That last image was uploaded from my phone, and way too big. This is a better shot of the final products, for the torch internals.

Plus, I remade the bezel. The internal threading did not turn out well, will try a new technique. I need to run the insert in at a 30° angle, makes for cleaner threads.

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I like seeing things made. Thanks for sharing. Good work.

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really nice project, keep us updated. thanks for posting it.

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Fairly close to done. Waiting on the driver to come in from MtnElec, and still need to finalize the outside details. I feel the tail needs some refining.

Testing fit of the retaining ring

The tail view

The bezel view. Trying out a new optic.

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That’s a pretty light sir!!! Shocked
Waiting to see how it will perform Wink Good work!

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Reviews : Amutorch S3 - XPG3-S3 /  AM S3 vs Neal 219c  /  Amutorch AM30 - XHP70.2 / Nitefox UT20 / Sofirn SF14 & SP10A 

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Cool! Looks like it’ll have an elliptical beam. Davie